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Report: $1B in US weapons sent to Ukraine unaccounted for

Jan 11

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More aid for Ukraine has been largely tied up in Congress as some Republicans want more transparency over the aid already sent. A new Pentagon report revealed over $1 billion worth of weapons sent to Ukraine have not been properly tracked — that means nearly 40,000 weapons are not fully accounted for.

The list of weapons includes Stinger missiles, Javelin anti-tank missiles, 700 kamikaze drones and night vision devices.

Inspector General Robert P. Storch said finding out what happened to the weapons was beyond his scope, raising concerns that the high-risk firepower could have been stolen or smuggled.

According to the report, “accountability challenges” persist.

This evaluation is part of an ongoing series of reviews. The U.S. has sent more than $75 billion in aid to Ukraine, including roughly $50 billion in military assistance.

The report only evaluated $1.7 billion worth of weapons sent to Ukraine since June of 2023. Finding more than $1 billion unaccounted means that 59% of what was inspected is considered “delinquent.”

A recent Gallup poll shows nearly half of Americans now believe the U.S. is “spending too much on aid to Ukraine.” The $1 billion package currently stalled in Congress would send $60 billion worth of aid to Ukraine.

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MORE AID FOR UKRAINE HAS LARGELY BEEN TIED UP IN CONGRESS BECAUSE SOME REPUBLICANS WANT MORE TRANSPARENCY OVER THE AID ALREADY SENT.

A NEW PENTAGON REPORT HAS REVEALED MORE THAN ONE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF WEAPONS THE U.S. SENT TO UKRAINE HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY TRACKED.

U.S. DEFENSE OFFICIALS HAVE “FAILED TO FULLY ACCOUNT” FOR ABOUT 40,000 WEAPONS.

THE LIST OF WEAPONS MIA INCLUDE THOUSANDS OF “STINGER MISSILES, JAVELIN ANTI-TANK MISSILES, 700 KAMIKAZE DRONES AND NIGHT VISION DEVICES.”

THE INSPECTOR GENERAL SAID FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WEAPONS WAS BEYOND HIS SCOPE RAISING CONCERNS THAT THE HIGH-RISK FIREPOWER COULD HAVE BEEN STOLEN OR SMUGGLED.

THE REPORT STATED THAT “ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGES” PERSIST.

THIS EVALUATION IS ONLY PART OF “AN ONGOING SERIES OF REVIEWS”.

THE U.S. HAS SENT MORE THAN $75 BILLION IN AID TO UKRAINE, AND OF THAT – ROUGHLY $50 BILLION IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE.

BUT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT WAS ONLY EVALUATING $1.7 BILLION WORTH OF WEAPONS SENT OVER SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

FINDING MORE THAN A BILLION UNACCOUNTED FOR MEANS 59% OF WHAT WAS INSPECTED IS CONSIDERED “DELINQUENT.”

THIS REPORT COMES AS A GALLUP POLL SHOWS NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS NOW BELIEVE THE U.S. IS “SPENDING TOO MUCH ON AID TO UKRAINE.”

THE $100 BILLION PACKAGE CURRENTLY STALLED IN CONGRESS WOULD SEE $60 BILLION OF IT GOING TO UKRAINE.

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